BRAZIL ELECTS FAR-RIGHT LEADER

7th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro set about staffing his new administration on Wednesday [31 October], naming an astronaut as science minister while a top anti-corruption judge mulled a job offer. Mr Bolsonaro won the presidential race on Sunday [28 October], easily overcoming his leftist opponent with a vow to kneecap violent drug…

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EGYPT’S COPTIC CHRISTIANS TARGETED AGAIN BY TERRORISTS

7th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Egyptian security forces killed 19 Islamist militants from a cell believed to be responsible for an attack on Christians in Minya province in central Egypt in which seven people died, the interior ministry said on Sunday [4 November]. Security forces killed the suspects in a firefight after a chase in a mountainous…

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PROTESTS ERUPT IN PAKISTAN AFTER ACQUITTAL OF ASIA BIBI

7th November 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards A Christian woman who was sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy has won her appeal and been acquitted in a landmark ruling. Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours. She always maintained her innocence but has spent most…

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SAUDI JOURNALIST’S DEATH HEIGHTENS GEOPOLITICAL TENSIONS

24th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on a “rogue operation”, giving a new account of an act that sparked a global outcry. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News “the murder” had been a “tremendous mistake” and denied the powerful crown prince had ordered it. The journalist was…

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AN UPDATE ON THE WAR IN SYRIA

24th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland The following is an update summary, rather than a detailed article on a number of recent happenings in Syria. The Christian perspective comes from personal interaction with a gathering of Syrian pastors in Lebanon who shared with members of the INcontext team. In the news The al-Naseeb border crossing between Jordan and…

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MAJOR SPLIT IN THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH

24th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland In a major religious split, the Russian Orthodox Church has cut ties with the body seen as the spiritual authority of the world’s Orthodox Christians. The break came after the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople recognised the independence of the Ukrainian Church from Moscow. The row is being described as the greatest Orthodox…

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CRUNCH TIME IN BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS

10th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland After months in which the prospect of a Brexit deal looked increasingly unlikely, negotiators in both the UK and EU appear to have found new momentum in talks. Significant obstacles remain but senior figures in Brussels are now talking up the prospect of a deal in much more positive terms than even…

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TITO MBOWENI APPOINTED NEW FINANCE MINISTER

10th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation has been accepted, [South African] president Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday [9 October] and announced the appointment of Tito Mboweni as the new finance minister. In a statement late on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Ramaphosa said: “Minister Nene this morning submitted a letter of resignation to me in which he…

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AWARDED

10th October 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery The Congolese doctor named the joint winner of this year’s Nobel peace prize has called on the Congolese government to leave power, describing the polls scheduled for December as a “parody of an election”. Dr Denis Mukwege, who was in surgery when he heard that he had won the prize for his treatment…

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SURPRISE ELECTION RESULTS IN THE MALDIVES

27th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives’ presidential election [on 23 September] in a surprise defeat of President Abdulla Yameen. Mr Yameen, who has been accused of crushing dissent in the archipelago, admitted defeat, saying he accepted the result. The Maldives is a key battleground in the rivalry between China and…

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